Private records restrictions
After individuals or groups donate records, LAC sets conditions for access. As much as possible, records are made open and available.
Private records often have sensitive content such as personal information, medical records or legal records. Some private records include government information about restricted topics like national security, other governments, police services, and program operations.
Private records may be closed for a specified time to protect sensitive information, or access may only be allowed under certain conditions. Researchers may have to sign a form before being allowed to view certain records. Depending on the content, the donor may require researchers to get written consent to view the records.
Private records will also have copyright restrictions (see the copyright restrictions section on this page).